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    Since the subject came up recently, and I usually skirt Hot Wheels only because they are ubiquitous and already get coverage beyond that of all others combined, I thought I would touch on the McDs Happy Meal cars.

    I've often joked about Happy Meal cars as being "designed by committee," specifically a committee of attorneys. In my mind I see a long attorney table with a row of Matty attorneys on one side and a row of McDs attorneys on the other as they pass a model back and forth down the length of the table discussing how to "foolproof" a toy.

    I don't have many McDs models, and about half of what I do have are counterparts to mainline issues that I collect. Case in point is this Camaro. Since this Camaro was the "it" car for Hot Wheels during the 1990s, I've acquired quite a few variants over the years and I have warmed to it. Some standout changes easily noted on the McDs variants are the wheels, the removal of the "NASCAR" window netting, and the big chunk of metal removed from the rear and replaced with plastic (cost cutting, I'm sure). At least the changes are subtle...the kinds of changes attorneys would make.

    Happy Meal cars make a collection of their own, at this point the selection is wide and varied and full of surprises...not all of them good surprises, but that can be said about most lines of diecast models.

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    Two more Happy Meal issues of this casting

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    This is a playset car to stand in for the typical mainlines, for comparison.
    The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

    Thank you for your understanding.

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    ...... Ah-h-h-h, McDonalds.


    • #3
      I had the rare two kids who never liked McDonald's so when I wanted to add some of the Happy Meal cars to my collection, such as the first two Camaro's Wes shows, I did the drive through and basically bought the happy meal for myself. It wasn't until a bit later that I learned you could just buy the toy car at Mickey D's without getting the meal - which was fine with me as I, too, have never been a big fan of McD's.
      Last edited by pjedsel; 08-13-2022, 05:34 PM.


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        PJ you got lucky as here in Chicago they would not sell the cars without buying the meal.


        • #5
          I have one, but I never knew it was a Camaro


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            Originally posted by pegers View Post
            PJ you got lucky as here in Chicago they would not sell the cars without buying the meal.
            It tended to be hit and miss. One of the neat things about the Mc'D's in Bismarck is the guy who owned the local franchise had been given permission to do theme restaurants. So, the one downtown had a rocking '50's theme, one had a NASCAR theme, I think one had a movie theme. Sadly, when he sold the franchise, they remodeled all of them and no more themes. But it was two of the ones that he had where I could get the Hot Wheels without the Happy Meal.


            • #7
              I have always had no problem buying the toys without the meal. Just the other day I bought a couple of the new Pokemon toys without the meal.
              Mr. Bowtie
              Past President of the Diecast Liberation Movement & maybe possibly a member of the "Black With Flames" Classification Committee (if such an entity exists and has a classification committee) Which I deny ever being part of.